Computer facts

Type home
Year 1982
End year 1985
Language Atari Basic
Speed 1.79 (NTSC) / 1.77 (PAL) MHz
RAM 64 KB (max 128KB)
Text modes 5 text modes (max 40x24)
Graphic modes 16 graphic modes (max 320x192)
Colors 256 (16 colors with 16 intensities)
Sound 4 channels, 3.5 octaves
IO Composite video output, cartridge slot, peripheral port (SIO), parallel bus, 2 joystick plugs
Atari 800XL

In my collection

Atari 800XL

Bought from Daniel Grund 2011.


The Atari 800XL is the big brother to the Atari 600XL released at the same time. Those models were the successors of the Atari 400/800 series and the unsuccessful Atari 1200 XL. They could use almost the same software, as the program was written correctly. Some minor differences between OS versions had to be taken in count.

The 800XL has 64 KB of RAM, two joystick ports and kept all the custom chips (Pokey, GTIA, Antic) of the previous models.

Alongside the Commodore 64 and the Apple II, the 600 and 800XL were among the most popular home computers. They were replaced in 1985 with the XE series when Atari launched the ST.

Atari 800XL images